New beer firm wins award

Date published: January 14, 2013 at 11:57 am | Comments

New beer company Two Fingers Beers has picked up two awards at the Society of Beer Advocates Awards National Homebrew Competition in Hamilton recently.
Their Alt Bier and Summer Ale picked up bronze at the competition
Two Fingers is owned and operated by Rotorua-based Englishman Lawrence Oldershaw. The business started out as a home brew operation as part of his quest for a more sustainable lifestyle. Three years later, Mr Oldershaw has just produced his first commercial brew of Two Fingers Alt Bier, with the flavours developed in Rotorua and the beer brewed at the Aotearoa Breweries brewery in Kawerau – the home of the Mata beer brand, which has won more than a few awards itself in recent years.
“We started very modestly with a simple brew kit at home for our own enjoyment, but we soon progressed to brewing from scratch with the generous loan of some equipment from the team at [Rotorua’s] Croucher’s Brewery,” Mr Oldershaw said.
“Just like our beer, our operation has gone from strength to strength and it quickly became clear that this was more than a hobby. As a result, we decided to make the leap and start producing our unique flavours on a more commercial basis.
“It has been incredibly exciting to go from seeing people enjoying our beer at home, to the first kegs literally rolling out of the brewery and the first glasses being poured in pubs.”
Mr Oldershaw said his beers were traditionally styled, with a focus on blending “the best of European flavours, with Kiwi notes”.
“In the past we have had the opportunity to travel around Europe and taste some of the finest beer the world has to offer. The inspiration for our flavours comes from the beer houses of the United Kingdom and Europe, and we have also chosen to produce beers that have a definite heritage and interesting story.
“Our beers are not designed to be copies of the originals and they have a clear Two Fingers stamp on them.”
The first Two Fingers beer to be commercially produced was the Alt Bier, which is also the first Alt of its kind to be commercially produced in New Zealand.

History in the name

Lawrence Oldershaw said the company name also had an interesting story and heritage behind it.
“At the Battle of Agincourt, following England’s invasion at Normandy in 1415, the French cut off the two drawing fingers of the Englishman Longbowmen to prevent them from using their bow and arrows.
In return, legend has it, the two-fingered insult which is still prevalent today came from the English bowsmen flicking their fingers at the French to indicate they still had their lethal archers’ fingers.
In addition, the two finger depth is the traditional amount of head on a beer. Whilst having some real history behind it, the name is a bit cheeky and a bit of fun and that’s important to us as well.”

Source: Whakatane Beacon